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Morning Speculoos Porridge

Speculoos spread may be the ultimate twinkling gem I found during my travels around Belgium last Summer (sorry Atomium/Bruges Belfry Tower/other amazing landmarks). And if you know what I mean, you came home with at least 3 jars of the stuff in your suitcase and rucksack too (if you had enough willpower to resist eating it all from the jar with your fingers on the Eurostar home). I had always glimpsed at the stuff when in the incredible Le Pain Quotidien, super amazing Belgian (now London famous) cafe/restaurant chain, but now it’s right in the palm of my hands when I enter. It may not be the epitome of good health, but it damn sure is a tasty treat. For those who have yet to discover, Speculoos biscuits are very famous all around Belgium, like the Biscotti or Amaretti of Italy. Order a cup of coffee? Have a Speculoos biscuit. Order a Speculoos hot chocolate? Have a Speculoos biscuit. And, as you may now have guessed. Speculoos spread is basically composed of pulverised Speculoos biscuits, magically …

Apple & Spelt Muffins

Glorious little bites of cinnamon dusted joy, their heavenly scent wafting through a chilly house dimly lit by the blue London dawn. I awoke both craving something sweet and comforting and in a sporadic urgency to use up the remaining ingredients in my fridge before leaving for three weeks to a far hotter country halfway across the globe. Hence, my spontaneous baking had some validity (although there’s nothing at all wrong with a dash of random cooking, mark my words).   These bad boys were inspired by the seriously inspirational Green Kitchen Stories, and their original Apple & Buckwheat Muffins. In fact most of my cooking inspiration comes from this wonderful family, and I’m not ashamed to admit. Filled with homemade applesauce (blended cooked apples) and composed of almond, oat and spelt flour, eggs, coconut nectar and fresh apples (and more), these marvelous muffins brightened up the gruelling day of design ahead for my (design) group mates* and I; pre-project-presentation deadlines are notoriously draining. *Comments included, “Why are they so moist?” (myself) and “They taste like …